Saudi women campaigning for an end to laws banning them from driving, have designated Friday as their own day of direct action.An online campaign, Women2Drive, urges those with international driving licences – so that they cannot be arrested purely on the grounds of being unqualified – to test the law.They are being asked to do so individually, in contrast to the last incident of mass disobedience over the issue, in 1990, when 47 women who drove in convoy around the capital, Riyadh, in a show of strength.They were quickly arrested, and many were ostracised and fired from their jobs.
Now when I read this, I thought, "there are two ways to play this, outrage at women not being allowed to drive and therefore should we be bombing the Saudis or should we be congratulating them for keeping the streets safe". On doing a little research, I found that women in Libya are allowed to drive, indeed under Gaddafi, they have freedoms and rights that they don’t have in many other Arab countries. They also have one of the best healthcare systems anywhere in the world. What of course the West doesn't understand is that most Arab countries are tribal states, unlike our 'great democracies' and therefore a lot of the unrest is caused by, 'when two tribes go to war', a song I remember from the 80s, when of course it's not caused by some Twatter in Aberdeen pretending to be a one-legged, Arab lesbian with plooks.
It's OK though, because Dave has said that Gaddafi won't be able to attend the Olympics in London next year. Does that mean then, that he's still going to be in power? And if so, what the fuck are we doing in Libya?